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Adults and Teens

We offer an array of opportunities for learning, creating, and sharing through art experiences at the Museum. Whether taking a class in our studios or hearing from an expert in our galleries, our visitors can choose from a variety of activities to engage with art. With established weekly programs like ArtBreak and Slow Art Sunday, or special events like First Thursday, Art On The Rocks, and teen nights, the BMA invites you to find a program that interests and excites you!

Art & Conversation: Dialogue with a Collector

March 5, 2015

$10 Museum Members // $15 Nonmembers

A CONVERSATION ON CONSERVATION

Photography collector John Morton joins Suzanne Stephens of the BMA Registrars Dept. to discuss highlights of his collection, exploring both what attracts him to certain works and what he considers when deciding what to buy. The works vary in subject matter while sharing commonalities in terms of how the artists approach their subjects and how they use the camera to create art.

This program is for people who want to learn more about art in an informative and interactive setting. These programs, with the exception of June, are held on the first Thursday of each month, January through October. Coffee and light refreshments are available. Tours are led by curators or guest lecturers, and attendees are encouraged to ask questions, share thoughts and ideas, and actively participate in the learning process.

ArtBreak: Britannia Triumphant

ArtBreak: Britannia Triumphant

March 3, 2015

Feed your body and mind at noon every Tuesday. Join us for a 20-30 minute gallery talk. Stay for lunch at Oscar’s Café and they will throw in a free dessert!

Today’s ArtBreak is led by Museum docent Laura Wallace, who will discuss our Spotlight on the Collection piece, Britannia Triumphant by Wedgwood.

Slow Art Sunday: The Indiscreet Harlequin

Slow Art Sunday: The Indiscreet Harlequin

March 1, 2015

Slow food, slow living, slow… art? Unlock the secrets of works in the Museum’s collection by cultivating the art of looking slowly. Our docents ask and answer questions to help guide your slow art experience and foster conversation. Leave the Museum feeling inspired- not tired!

This Sunday, touring docent Mary Lynda Crockett will lead a discussion on Meissen’s The Indiscreet Harlequin.

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Oscar’s Brunch

March 1, 2015

Enjoy delicious, locally-grown dishes from Oscar’s seasonal brunch menu in the beauty and comfort of the Museum with your family and friends. Space is limited. To make reservations, call 205.328.7850 or click here to reserve your spot online.

Public Tour: Small Treasures

Public Tour: Small Treasures

February 28, 2015

Enjoy our new exhibition Small Treasures: Rembrandt, Vermeer, Hals, and Their Contemporaries with a free docent-led tour!

Must have ticket to exhibition to join tour group; tickets are free to BMA members and $12 for non-members.

The Second Bunting Biennial Ceramics Symposium

The Second Bunting Biennial Ceramics Symposium

February 28, 2015

The Museum is pleased to announce the Second Bunting Biennial Ceramics Symposium with the theme Clay @ Play. Irony, Humor & Whimsy in the Ceramic Arts. Generously sponsored by Dr. and Mrs. Peter D. Bunting, the symposium will bring together scholars, artists, and ceramic enthusiasts for a series of lectures that explore the theme by considering the subject in a broad array of historical and geographical contexts.

The Second Bunting Biennial Ceramics Symposium

The Second Bunting Biennial Ceramics Symposium

February 27, 2015

The Museum is pleased to announce the Second Bunting Biennial Ceramics Symposium with the theme Clay @ Play. Irony, Humor & Whimsy in the Ceramic Arts. Generously sponsored by Dr. and Mrs. Peter D. Bunting, the symposium will bring together scholars, artists, and ceramic enthusiasts for a series of lectures that explore the theme by considering the subject in a broad array of historical and geographical contexts.

Between Fantasy and Reality: Frank Fleming Opens

Between Fantasy and Reality: Frank Fleming Opens

February 27, 2015

Join us for an opening reception for our new exhibition Between Fantasy and Reality: Frank Fleming. Enjoy light hors d’oeuvres, a talk by Director Gail C. Andrews, and the beginning of our Second Bunting Biennial Ceramics Symposium.

ArtBreak: Behind Closed Doors: Dutch Interiors in the Seventeenth Century

February 24, 2015

Feed your body and mind at noon every Tuesday. Join us for a 20-30 minute gallery talk. Stay for lunch at Oscar’s Café and they will throw in a free dessert!

Today’s ArtBreak is led by Professor and Chair of the Department of Interior Architecture at Samford University Jeannine Krumdieck, IIDA. Join us in a discussion about Dutch interiors in the 17th century, the same time many of the pieces in Small Treasures were on display in private homes. Stay after the talk to see the exhibition!

Slow Art Sunday: A Dream of Italy

Slow Art Sunday: A Dream of Italy

February 22, 2015

Slow food, slow living, slow… art? Unlock the secrets of works in the Museum’s collection by cultivating the art of looking slowly. Our docents ask and answer questions to help guide your slow art experience and foster conversation. Leave the Museum feeling inspired- not tired!

This Sunday, master docent Marlene Wallace will lead a discussion on Robert Duncanson’s A Dream of Italy.

It’s the Little Things: Small Objects with a Big Effect on Life in the Dutch Golden Age with Dolores Hydock

It’s the Little Things: Small Objects with a Big Effect on Life in the Dutch Golden Age with Dolores Hydock

February 21, 2015

You could hold them all in the palm of your hand: five tiny things that were a huge part of life in seventeenth-century Holland. To complement the Small Treasures exhibition, storyteller Dolores Hydock shares stories of these miniature marvels and the role they played in a small country at the height of its power.

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Public Tour: Small Treasures

Public Tour: Small Treasures

February 21, 2015

Enjoy our new exhibition Small Treasures: Rembrandt, Vermeer, Hals, and Their Contemporaries with a free docent-led tour!

Must have ticket to exhibition to join tour group; tickets are free to BMA members and $12 for non-members.

ArtBreak: Small Treasures

ArtBreak: Small Treasures

February 17, 2015

Feed your body and mind at noon every Tuesday. Join us for a 20-30 minute gallery talk. Stay for lunch at Oscar’s Café and they will throw in a free dessert!

Today’s ArtBreak is led by BMA’s Curator of European Art Robert Schindler, Ph.D. Robert will lead a talk on our new exhibition Small Treasures: Rembrandt, Vermeer, Hals, and Their Contemporaries. Please note that you will need a ticket to enter the exhibition; tickets are FREE for BMA members and $12 for non-members.

Decoding Black Art: Premonition: The Sculpture of Melvin Edwards

Decoding Black Art: Premonition: The Sculpture of Melvin Edwards

February 15, 2015

Join Kelli Morgan, Ph.D. Candidate and Ford Fellow in residence at the BMA for a lecture series on African American art. The series will analyze and illuminate important works of African American art within the Museum’s permanent collection. All lectures are free and open to the public.

At this month’s Decoding Black Art talk, Kelli will lead a discussion on Premonition: The Sculpture of Melvin Edwards.

Beer Vessel. Zulu people, South Africa, 20th century. Fired clay and slip. Collection of the Art Fund, Inc. at the Birmingham Museum of Art; Dick Jemison Collection of African Pottery, AFI94.2012.

Slow Art Sunday: Beer Vessel

February 15, 2015

Slow food, slow living, slow… art? Unlock the secrets of works in the Museum’s collection by cultivating the art of looking slowly. Our docents ask and answer questions to help guide your slow art experience and foster conversation. Leave the Museum feeling inspired- not tired!

This Sunday, touring docent Katia Kass Miller will lead a discussion on the Zulu people of South Africa’s Beer Vessel.